Walking tour

On a recent walk, 13 members of the Mearns 50+ Group managed to climb up to the Tower which is on The Hill Of Rowan in Glen Esk. Properly named The Maule Cairn it was built in 1866 by Fox Maule the 11th Earl of Dalhousie as a memorial to deceased members of his family.
On a recent walk, 13 members of the Mearns 50+ Group managed to climb up to the Tower which is on The Hill Of Rowan in Glen Esk. Properly named The Maule Cairn it was built in 1866 by Fox Maule the 11th Earl of Dalhousie as a memorial to deceased members of his family.

Our journey to Carnoustie was through rural Kincardineshire and Angus, where the seed crops have now been taken in, with only a few stubble fields left as now ploughing and sowing has turned the fields to brown again. Potato crops are quickly being harvested, and we followed one load of potatoes for quite some distance from near Marykirk to Montrose before we could pass the tractor and trailer with its load.

At Carnoustie we were quickly on our way from the car park near the Leisure Centre as a strong cold wind was blowing. Our main group of 25 set off along to the golf course, then walked on roads and pathways parallel to the main railway line.

This goes on to the millennium path near Barry and continues to Monifieth, where an older pathway runs alongside the beach to Barnhill.

Lunch was at the picnic tables at Monifieth which have tall stones around with parts of Violet Jacobs verses inscribed on them, this one being about the Wild Geese.

Continuing on, the path crosses the Dighty Burn which rises in the Sidlaw Hills behind Dundee and crosses under the A90 about half a mile from the Kingsway.

The rock gardens on the right of the road to Broughty Ferry are always worth a visit as is the Castle itself at the harbour where the walk ended.

From the Castle our walkers crossed over to the Library, going through the town, where they got a service bus back to Carnoustie.

The shorter walk was from Monifieth to Carnoustie a distance of about 4 or 5 miles, compared to the main groups 8 miles.

With the wind in their backs, it was much more pleasant and allowed them more time to view the area, Barry Buddon military camp is on the right, a railway and a golf course on the left. A fox crossed the path only a few feet from the walkers and then a couple of roe deer were seen close to the path.

We met in with a walking group from Arbroath. They were only going round the golf course at Carnoustie, a distance of about three miles, then getting a service bus back to Arbroath.

It had been another successful day with good sunshine, albeit a strong wind too. After all it is now late October.

Our next walk on Tuesday 1st November starts our Winter-Spring programme and we will meet at Edzell to walk to the Rocks of Solitude and back. The bus will leave as usual at 10 am from the Burgh Buildings car park.

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